Government Plans to Sue Arizona Sheriff for Targeting Latinos

Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters, April 3, 2012

The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.


The administration’s Justice Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have been in settlement talks for months over allegations that officers regularly made unlawful stops and arrests of Latinos, used excessive force against them and failed to adequately protect the Hispanic community.

Those negotiations have broken down because of a fight over the Justice Department’s demand that an independent monitor be appointed by a federal court to oversee compliance with the settlement, which has now reached 128 pages in draft form, according to the Obama administration.


The Justice Department in a December report outlined numerous alleged civil rights violations, including that Latino drivers were four to nine times more likely to be stopped than non-Latinos by Arpaio’s force.

The sheriff has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and lashed out at the Obama administration for targeting his department and failing to deal with the problem of illegal immigration with some 11.5 million believed to be in the United States.

In a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, Arpaio said the appointment of a monitor would force him to abdicate responsibility for his police force, including decisions about policies, operations, jail programs and enforcement.

“To the Obama administration, who is attempting to strong arm me into submission only for its political gain, I say: This will not happen, not on my watch!” Arpaio said in the statement.


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  • I haven’t read any news stories confirming what I heard, but I heard on the news breaks on talk radio today that one of the reason the DOJ is suing Arpaio, and this is supposed to be a direct quote from Thomas Perez, DAG for Civil
    Rights, is that MCSO deputies planted guns and drugs on Hispanic
    criminal suspects.

    The hard truth is that law enforcement agencies whose jurisdictions
    are heavily black and Hispanic do this all the time, almost out of
    necessity.  The cop vernacular for this is “throw down,” i.e. the cops
    have “throw down pieces” (usually guns, but sometimes drugs).  They
    “throw down” (plant) the contraband goods on habitual thugs in order for
    the DA to have a safety/fallback “crime” for a plea deal. 
    They’re not “throwing down a piece” on your 80-year old grandmother on
    her way home from church, or a boring 45-year old accountant with a bald
    spot in transit between his boring job and his boring domestic life. 
    They’re “throwing down a piece” on 19-year old N’Deshawntavious, for
    whom the CJ system has been nothing more than a revolving door, because
    the street cops are getting tired of the system giving him one
    slap-on-the-hand after another after another, while he pulls violent
    crime after violent crime on the streets.

    Remember, since a lot of blacks (and some Hispanics) are doing long
    stretches for what seem to be only drug and gun convictions, that means
    they and the DA pled down and out all their serious charges in exchange
    for a guilty plea for the “victimless” crime, and a prison sentence
    close to the maximum legally permissible for that crime.

    I can all but assure you that a fair percentage of blacks and
    Hispanics doing time in state pens as I write these words are
    “officially” doing time for possessing drugs or guns that a cop “thrown
    down” on them.  I can also assure you that they were hardly the pillars
    of society before then.

    • redshirts

      Call it paranoia, but our anxieties are trending:

      The day Obama snuffs out Internet truth

      Exclusive: Erik Rush envisions scenario of frightening totalitarian control this summer

    • MikeofAges

       This is not something you want to countenance. There is a saying, “He who wants to ride the tiger will end up in the tiger’s belly.” At best, you’re playing the law of averages, hoping it’s not you who gets your money or your car or your house seized. Or you or your son or your daughter railroaded. Can happen.

      • This is not something you want to countenance.

        Thanks for the pun.

        I guess I’m not being perfectly clear .

        I don’t think this happens every hour of every day of law enforcement work.  I do think it happens every once in awhile.  Although I wish it didn’t happen, or I would rather it not happen, I don’t lose any sleep over it, nor do I think that it and it alone puts us on some slippery slope to a dictatorship.  We’re on our way to a dictatorship, for sure, but there are 50 million things responsible for that before a cop throwing down on a habitual ghetto thug.

  • Illegals more likely to break the law than citizens who would belive it? Its not like citizens have more to lose like a drivers liscence illegals dont have. Stealing 50$ from a liquor store would be stupid for a citizen as it would make it hard to get a job for the rest of your life, but Jose doesnt have that problem

    • The_Bobster

      Especially since he uses a dozen different identities.

  • redshirts

    The frightening thing about this assault is that Obama must know Romney well enough that he knows R. won’t dare use the lawsuit as a campaign issue. Romney is just another race traitor McCain. The Republicans deserve to be Amnesty-ed out of power forever. Reagan started the Amnesty, and he’s their greatest hero.

    And Obama knows that he already had the DOJ stepping out of the way so illegal voters can triple stuff the ballot boxes and guarantee the win.

    We are living the predicted Diversity Horrors. All the Old South prophets told us what would happen to us. Suffer, Whitey.

    Diversity is a Hate Crime.

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

     imagine there are no black people
    its easy if you try
    no  trayvon martin or tu pac
    no chris rock or spike lee
    imagine all the white people
    living life in peace
    you hoo hoo
    you might say im a dreamer
    but im not the only one
    one day all the amreners will join together
    and the white world will live as one

  • The_Bobster

    Curry favor? Partially,  but he’s also thinking about all the future Democrats he can create.

  • Detroit_WASP

    If they do go after sheriff Joe, they will wait until after the November election (I think).

    • I wonder.  I think they are feeling pretty tough right about now.  They got the entire media bought and paid for, they got at least 30% of the whites slavishly licking their boots, 95%+ of the blacks, probably 80-90% of hispanics and about the same for other non-whites, they have made unbelievable inroads into the armed services and local police forces, and God Knows what kind of secret deals with foreign powers as a force multiplier against us.  I would be surprised if they wait until the elections are over.  After all, their democrat party poll workers stand ready in every state to steal whatever is needed in the way of votes.  This election is meaningless to them, a formality.  But a Joe Arpaio is dangerous to them, he represents the last great hope of this country to remain a free Republic, an elected official that takes the constitutional oath seriously. 

  • gemjunior

    That was a little thought provoking  and sort of frighteningly realistic.  Hopefully people will have some preparations made, because things don’t seem that save anymore.  And I can see why – we have an entire government of corrupt politicians who are there to sell their souls and our birthright down the river for a few shekels or pieces of silver.  We have a president and his cronies who care only about a certain class and race and revenge on whites, who have appointed criminals – former members of  black panthers and weather undergrounders who hate Whites AS HIS OWN advisory and cabinet members.  Has this ever happened before in history? If anyone cares or has raised a peep, they’ve been ignored as the media has tried to make this no good fucker into some kind of saint.   We have, above all, a media that is doing NOTHING BUT DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY.  The MSM is nothing but a putrid arm of a power hungry out of control behemoth of a government who I feel more and more does NOT represent me.
    I don’t feel that totalitarian control is an out-there possibility that “can’t happen” – I feel  actually that as more and more people are becoming disgusted they will become more restless in an attempt to sort out what to DO or where to begin the government WILL attempt to make a grab for everything it can and will absolutely not hesitate to impose martial law.   I also would never put it past them to arrest White people who have shown themselves to be defiant and against “diversity” and “multiculturalism” – and I’m sure they know exactly who that is.  And that’s fine. 

  • BO

    It is both sad and exciting to watch democracy eat itself. Think globally, act locally.

  •  Of course there won’t be evidence.  Do you think the cops who do this are going to create a paper trail to indict themselves and free the black thugs they threw down on?  However, people talk, and word gets around.

    As far as a throw down gun, what would that accomplish especially in Arizona where you can open carry?

    Felon in possession, illegal alien in possession, minor in possession.  Before I let this go, I should say that I’m sure this tactic is far more used and useful against ghetto blacks than Hispanics.

    • Kevin M

      How many times has the arrestee been given imunity to testify against Law enforcement officers, quite a few times right?

  • No longer are illegals to be considered illegal, they are henceforth to be known as people with  ‘unlawful presence waivers’ .

    This is it, the re-election of the pretender – in – chief, if this country does not vote in undeniable numbers (anything close will be stolen by democratic party apparatchiks), we are finished as a free Republic and will sink into the morass of third worldism.  The choice will be simple then, fight or run, nothing else will be left.

  • JackKrak

    Yeah – why is the sheffif of an Arizona city “targeting” Latinos when he should be on the lookout for waves of Swedish, Cambodian and Angolan immigrants? I mean, come on!

  • June39

    I have a feeling that whatever Sheriff Joe tried to do, this administeation would be after him. After all, the sheriff wants immigration laws obeyed and our “leaders”don’t. The administrative waivers will probably take effect later this year allowing relatives of the invaders to come in. This is no longer America. It is a land that has been confiscated by third world people who seek to bring those worlds with them and take whatever our government gladly hands out in exchange for the votes of their supporters. How very sad that our downfall comes from within.

  • Perhaps, but I am more than willing to overlook some of those quirks in exchange for his commitment to enforcing this nation’s laws by rounding round up illegal invaders. This is the only reason Perez and the DOJ are going after Arpaio. Perez is a racist La Raza, who does not want to see a single illegal invading Hispanic (his people) arrested and deported.

    I would give anything for a Joe Arpaio in Los Angeles!

  • Convict?

    You’re acting like I disapprove of the tactic.  I wish they didn’t have to do it, but I hardly think it puts us on a slippery slope to a dictatorship, either.  And if it means getting more ghetto blacks in prison where they belong, then it’s actually a good thing.

  • MissBonnie123

    1)Phoenix has lots of Latinos. It is not unusual that they would be pulled over more than other ethnicities and races.

    2)Obama needs the illegal alien vote. He is doing everything he can to make sure that the illegals stay not only in Arizona but also the rest of the country.

    3)The Obama Department of Justice under Eric Holder is totally corrupt. It has very little concept of law and order.

    4)We need to all support Sheriff Joe.

    • ed

      What kind of a government (ours) would encourage millions of illegal foreigners, and then Give them free health care, welfare, food stamps, etc from the tax monies of lower middle class people (like me)???
      These illegals our government encourages and then supports live better than I do and they do it on my 40-50 yrs of being overtaxed…………

  • Wednesday April 5, 1984……

  • Just another Obama stunt to pull in the Hispanic vote. Bottom line, blacks and liberals will basically all vote for him, despite his disastrous performance, or lack of it.